Floral Arrangement With Harijanto Setiawan

Arranging Flowers With Harijanto Setiawan

One of my favourite aspects of Capella Singapore’s extended-stay residence, The Club, is the monthly recreational workshops.  Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending the floral arrangement workshop held by Harijanto Setiawan, Principal Florist and owner of Boenga.  Hari, as he is affectionately known, is the talent and creative genius behind the magical setups at many of the events at Capella Singapore.

Floral Arrangement With Harijanto Setiawan

As he demonstrated how to weave the plants to create a floral masterpiece, Hari gave the residents seven useful tips on how to prolong the life of fresh cut flowers:

1.  Before getting started, clean your vase thoroughly with warm water and dish soap. Use white vinegar or bleach to wipe the insides.

2. Add a teaspoon or two of sugar and bleach into your vase before adding water.  Make sure the water is room temperature. The sugar’s carbohydrates will help to feed the stems, while the bleach helps to keep the water bacteria-free.

3. Remove any foliage from the stem to avoid submerging any leaves in the water. Leaves in the water will break down and cause bacteria to form.

4. Trim the end of each stem at a 45-degree angle and submerge immediately in water.

5. Do not include too many flowers in the vase. Overcrowded stems will wilt more quickly and release more bacteria into the water.

6. Keep your floral arrangements out of direct sunlight if possible. Always pluck out any wilted stems to keep the rest of the flowers looking fresh.

7. Change the water in your bouquet and give the stems a fresh angled cut at least every other day.

With regards to creating the perfect floral arrangement, Hari likes to practice the “Less is more” concept.  He explained, “There is no wrong or right way of creating your own floral masterpiece. The most important thing is that you need to feel good when you look at it.”

I really enjoyed the class and will be sure to include the advice when I buy flowers for my own home.  The class was so fantastic, that I am looking forward to the next course offered at The Club.